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Volunteering at the Centre

A unique opportunity to learn while helping with conservation.

Accredited Training

Ask us about doing one of our certificate courses.

Keeping them healthy

Only the best care and husbandry procedures for our animals.

Photographic Jewels

We do photographic sessions at the centre.

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Volunteers & Internships




  • Interact with Animals

  • Care for Animals at the Centre 

  • Save Reptiles

  • Learn About Reptiles

  • Fundraising

  • Public Education

  • Release Back Into the Wild



  • Reptile Handling Techniques

  • Reptile Husbandry

  • Reptile Behaviour

  • Anthrozoology

  • Research

  • Reptile Conservation


As a general volunteer you will be involved in most activities at the Centre during your placement with us.  This will give you some insight with regards to the different challenges that reptile conservationists’ face and how facilities like the Kinyonga Reptile Centre is important, in bridging the gap, between fear and appreciation.  A placement with us will be a massively rewarding experience allowing for you to gain more experience into the world of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids.  Conservation is a priority with all that we do and we would expect the same outlook towards these animals from a volunteer with us.

As an intern with us, you will be required to work on a study project, research program, masters, doctoral etc.  Your internship program and project will depend on the requirements set by your academic institution.  We will act as a mentor on behalf of your academic institute and provide required mentorship duties necessary.  It is important though, that all necessary information be sent to us prior to your arrival.  We will only accept projects that are of conservation value that benefits the environment and are conducted ethically. There might be additional costs involved, like materials for experimental setups, research equipment etc.  It is, therefore, important to identify possible projects before you arrive in South Africa so that we can provide you with updated information.  We can help you with potential ideas for a research project, should you not have one in place already.  The Kinyonga Reptile Centre has a qualified Biologist /Intern Research Coordinator that can help if need be.  Most projects will be done on the "Blyderus Research Farm" but can involve other areas within the greater Hoedspruit region.  During your internship, you will not only be involved with your project, but also with the general activities at the Centre.


Pricing Structure (Applies to Volunteers and Internship Students)

Please note that revenue generated from volunteers and internships at Kinyonga is used to cover costs of the placements.  Any extra left over funds are utilised at Kinyonga or the Blyderus Research Farm to improve and maintain facilities, for research projects and to purchase equipment for the work done at Kinyonga or Blyderus Research Farm.


What Do I Get From the Centre?

  • Volunteers Manual

  • Two "I Survived the Kinyonga Reptile Centre" T Shirts

  • Opportunity to attend all courses and lessons done at the centre for no extra charge.

  • Cable TV

  • 24 /7 Internet

  • Local transfers airport /bus terminals pickup /drop-offs

  • Three meals a day.

  • Accommodation

  • Fieldwork excursions

  • Hands on experience


Why Volunteer at the Kinyonga Reptile Centre?

The Kinyonga Reptile Centre is a unique facility that is dedicated solely to the preservation and conservation of reptiles. By volunteering at the centre you play an active role in helping us achieve this goal. You will have the opportunity to learn and work with a whole range of different reptiles at a world-renowned reptile centre. You will get practical, hands-on experience in the day to day running of the centre and the chance to work with a variety of indigenous as well as exotic reptiles. You will also play an invaluable role in helping us educate people about reptiles.

What is Expected of Volunteers

Volunteers are here to help with the general day to day maintenance of all the animals at the centre. This will include tasks such as feeding of the animals and the upkeep of their enclosures. Volunteers are also here to interact with guests at the centre and to educate them on the importance of reptiles in a natural ecosystem. There is very infrequently a dull moment at the Kinyonga Reptile Centre as exciting new challenges present themselves on an almost daily basis.


All volunteers are housed in the Volunteers House behind the reptile centre. It is a four-bedded wooden bungalow with a fully equipped kitchen,  bathroom and a lounge area with Satellite TV and DVD player.  Internet is available in the house 24/7.  A house maid does a cleanup twice a week.

Working Hours and Time Off  

Volunteers will be expected to work everyday from 8am to 5pm. Lunch is an hour long and is usually taken between 12:00 and 13:00. However due to the varied nature of the work at Kinyonga, lunch may be taken at almost any time of the day. Time off and excursions must be pre arranged with management and the curators.


Volunteers are taken on a mini expedition into one of the many valleys of the great Drakensburg Mountains where you will be expected to observe and survey reptile activity.  The famous reptile books author Johan Marais often takes a break from his busy schedule and tags along to helps with data collecting.  So don't forget to buy his books,  you might just get them autographed.